Olivia graduated with a first-class honours degree in Zoology from Queen Mary University of London in 2015. Conducting fieldwork in the tropical rainforests of Borneo, animal behavioural research in South Africa, and completing her Masters degree in Conservation and Biodiversity at the University of Exeter in 2017, all confirmed to Olivia that she wanted to pursue a career in ecology.
She started her ecological career off working as an Assistant Ranger with Forestry England whilst volunteering with the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, gaining a range of practical conservation skills and a sound understanding of biodiversity management.
Olivia began her time at ECOSA in 2019 on the work placement scheme, before progressing to her current role as an Ecologist. Throughout this time she has gained a broad range of experience in protected species surveys, can produce maps of varying complexity using GIS, and is responsible for managing small to medium scale projects. Olivia holds Level 1 great crested newt and bat licences, and is currently working towards her hazel dormouse licence.
Outside of work, Olivia enjoys baking, pilates and hiking; with her sense of adventure has even had her travel to Africa and successfully summit Mount Kilimanjaro for charity!